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How Many Hours of Sleep Should You Get?

Posted by Drew Mandish on

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep; so why do many of us deprive ourselves of this necessity? The National Sleep Foundation states, ‘along with food, water and oxygen, humans need sleep to survive’. Recently, this nonprofit aimed at promoting healthy sleep and safety, released updated guidelines for how much sleep each of us need. Below is a breakdown of each age group and the amount of sleep that is recommended (sorry, no guidelines for cats have been set).

  • Newborns (0-3 months ): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
  The exact amount of sleep an individual needs, can vary greatly, and is dependent on numerous factors. A person’s lifestyle is the biggest factor to the amount of sleep needed, but it is important for each person to assess their own needs. How long does it take for you to fall asleep? How much stress do you experience on a daily basis? How much caffeine do you intake, and how close to bed time? Click here to read more about the guidelines set forth by the National Sleep Foundation. How much sleep do you get at night? Do you wake up feeling refreshed?

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